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Does CBD make you sleepy or energized? Understanding the unique effects of different cannabinoids.

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When considering the vast array of benefits that cannabinoids offer, a common question arises: do cannabinoids make you sleepy or energized? The answer is nuanced and depends on various factors, including the specific formulation and the presence of other cannabinoids. Let’s explore the diverse effects of different cannabinoids, including the calming effects of CBD as found in our Calming Gummies, the energizing benefits of THCV and CBC in our Energy Gummies, and how these interact with the effects of THC in our Leisure Gummies.

Understanding CBD: calming, not energizing

CBD, or cannabidiol, is renowned for its calming and relaxing properties. It is widely used to alleviate anxiety, promote better sleep, and act as a muscle relaxer. These attributes make CBD a popular choice for those seeking tranquility and relief from stress without the psychoactive effects associated with THC.

The Calming Effects of CBD

CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate mood, reduce anxiety, and promote a sense of calm (source: The Endocannabinoid System and CBD). Our Calming Gummies are specifically designed to harness the soothing effects of CBD, perfect for unwinding after a long day or preparing for a restful night's sleep.

CBD for Focus and Concentration

While CBD is not typically associated with energy enhancement, it can improve focus and concentration. By reducing anxiety and promoting a calm mental state, CBD can help users maintain a clearer mind and better focus on tasks. However, it is essential to note that CBD alone is not considered an energy booster.

CBD for Energy?

There is growing interest in using CBD for energy, primarily due to its ability to improve focus and reduce anxiety. For individuals looking for a natural way to enhance their productivity, incorporating CBD for energy might be beneficial. However, to truly harness cannabinoids’ energy-boosting effects, CBD needs to be complemented by other cannabinoids like THCV and CBC.

THCV and CBC: Energizing Cannabinoids

THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) and CBC (cannabichromene) are lesser-known cannabinoids that offer unique benefits. Unlike CBD, which is primarily calming, THCV and CBC are associated with increased energy and enhanced focus.

The Energizing Effects of THCV

THCV is often referred to as the "sports car" of cannabinoids due to its stimulating effects. It is known to provide a clear-headed, stimulating high that can increase energy levels, enhance focus, and even suppress appetite. This makes THCV particularly appealing for those looking to boost their energy and stay active throughout the day.

CBC's Role in Energy Enhancement

CBC, on the other hand, works synergistically with other cannabinoids to amplify their effects. It is known for its potential anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and mood-enhancing properties. When combined with THCV, CBC can help create a balanced, energizing effect that promotes overall well-being.

Energy Gummies: A Perfect Blend of THCV and CBC

Our Energy Gummies are formulated with THCV and CBC to provide a natural, sustained energy boost. Unlike typical energy supplements that rely on caffeine or sugar, our gummies use the power of cannabinoids to enhance focus, improve mood, and increase energy without the jitters or crash.

Interaction with THC: An Elevated Approach

THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, is known for its euphoric and relaxing effects. When combined with CBD, THCV, and CBC, THC can create a balanced, multi-faceted experience.

Leisure Gummies: A Harmonious Blend

Our Leisure Gummies combine CBD, THC and CBC to offer a balanced approach to relaxation and euphoria. This combination allows users to enjoy the calming effects of CBD and the uplifting effects of THC and CBC, creating a harmonious experience that is perfect for unwinding without feeling overly sedated.

Leisure Gummies were specifically developed to incorporate cannabinoids that are complementary to THC to mitigate some of the negative effects often associated with other THC edibles like paranoia, anxiety and drowsiness.

The Entourage Effect

The interaction between cannabinoids is often referred to as the entourage effect. This phenomenon suggests that cannabinoids work better together than in isolation (source: The Entourage Effect). By combining CBD with THCV, CBC, THC, and other cannabinoids offered by Dragon Hemp, users can experience a more comprehensive range of benefits, from relaxation and focus to energy and euphoria.

How to Use CBD and THCV for Energy

If you are looking to incorporate cannabinoids into your routine for an energy boost, it is essential to choose the right products and timing.

CBD Before Running & Exercise

For athletes and fitness enthusiasts, all cannabinoids present potential benefits. Using THCV and CBD before running can provide a boost in energy, while also improving focus and reducing exercise-induced anxiety. While CBD alone won't boost your energy levels, it can help create a calm and focused mindset, allowing you to perform at your best. Thus, for those seeking a convenient and tasty way to boost their energy, pairing Energy Gummies with Calming Gummies for energy boosts is an excellent option. These gummies provide an easy, perfectly dosed way to combine energy-enhancing THCV and CBC with CBD to provide a balanced, sustained energy boost that can help you stay active and focused throughout the day.

Similarly, THC has the potential to significantly enhance the efficacy of workout routines and even improve endurance and recovery . THC has the remarkable ability to boost endurance, making strenuous workouts feel more achievable, which can be attributed to THC’s interaction with the body's pain perception pathways that alter the sensation of fatigue during physical exertion and potentially delay the onset of tiredness.

Timing and Dosage

The timing and dosage of your cannabinoid intake can significantly impact their effects. Our gummies are always perfectly dosed, with third-party testing for each batch of the naturally crafted treats readily available. Our gummies are also dosed for maximum efficacy and potency. For example, our Calming Gummies feature 25mg of CBD per gummy compared to other products on the market that have as little as 10mg of CBD per does.

Timing also plays a key role in achieving desired effects. For energy-boosting purposes, taking THCV and CBC gummies in the morning or early afternoon can help you stay energized throughout the day. Conversely, CBD gummies can be beneficial anytime of day, depending on your desired effects like focus or relaxation before bed.

Final Takeaways

In summary, CBD is primarily known for its calming and relaxing effects, making it ideal for reducing anxiety and stress, and promoting better sleep. While CBD can improve focus and concentration, it is not an energy enhancer on its own. To truly harness energy-boosting effects, CBD should be complemented by energizing cannabinoids like THCV and CBC, as found in our Energy Gummies.

Our Calming Gummies leverage the soothing properties of CBD to help you relax and unwind, while our Energy Gummies provide a natural, sustained energy boost with the power of THCV and CBC. Finally, our Leisure Gummies offer a balanced experience by combining CBD, CBC and THC, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

By understanding the unique benefits of each cannabinoid and how they interact, you can make informed choices about incorporating them into your wellness routine. Whether you are looking for a way to calm your mind, enhance your focus, or boost your energy, our range of gummies has you covered.

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Our Story.

Dragon Hemp is the practitioner-founded apothecary that produces plant-based therapeutics formulated with a proprietary blend of next-generation botanicals and time honored herbal remedies.

For people seeking treatments that give relief & address the root cause.

Our herbal remedies are innovative and user-friendly, with wellness benefits that are effective & accessible to everyone.

So you can feel like yourself again.

Our Founder.

Kevin Menard, LAc., is the leading practitioner in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine on the East End of Long Island, with clientele ranging from business executives and fitness professionals to wellness gurus and weekend warriors.

As he cultivated his practice, Kevin began integrating CBD & other cannabinoids, native botanicals, and herbs into his treatments, addressing conditions like pain, musculoskeletal injuries, insomnia, overall wellness, and so much more. 

Following the promising results from his herbal and CBD-infused treatments, Kevin expanded his work, introducing Dragon Hemp to support patient wellness beyond his clinic's walls.

Our Apothecary.

Our Apothecary in Sag Harbor, New York was conceived as a beacon of rejuvenation and wellness in the Hamptons. Much more than a dispensary, at the core of the Dragon Hemp Apothecary is a commitment to education and understanding the benefits of time-honored herbal remedies synthesized with today’s advancements in cannabinoid research. 

Offering an array of products designed to align with the wellness needs of the Hamptons community, the store seeks to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern applications, making herbal medicine more compatible with our lifestyles today. Our unique apothecary in Sag Harbor not only represents a physical space but also embodies Dragon Hemp's ethos of premium, all-natural, effective wellness solutions, drawing from the rich heritage of the Hamptons and the innovative spirit of New York.

Not your conventional dispensary, our first-of-its-kind retail location, harmoniously balances tradition and innovation with an emphasis on experience and education. We invite you to step inside and let our herbal experts guide you on an exploration of the rejuvenating power of cannabinoids and traditional herbs in a setting that feels both timeless and contemporary.

Designed in collaboration with renowned Alfredo Paredes Studio, the apothecary embodies a sophisticated fusion of old-world tradition and contemporary application. Known for his 33-year tenure as Ralph Lauren Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Alfredo Paredes, a master of crafting memorable retail experiences, helped transform the space into a shining gem of Sag Harbor. Reflecting the premium, natural, and therapeutic essence of Dragon Hemp, every aspect of the store, including the unique furniture pieces from Paredes' line, contributes to an ambiance of refined tranquility and wellness. The design echoes a classic herbal pharmacy blended with a modern aesthetic, mirroring our brand ethos of contemporizing ancient herbal medicine for today’s applications. Read more about our Apothecary design in Forbes.

Standing out on Main Street in Sag Harbor with the glow of our distinctive neon sign, our unique retail store has become a design destination of its own -- beyond just wellness -- in one of the Hamptons’ most popular villages. Whether you’re looking for potent natural therapeutics to tackle pain & inflammation or legal THC products to enhance mood or improve sleep, our apothecary is your safe haven at 108 Main Street.

Our Products.

Our products are formulated to serve the four crucial daily needs most often seen in Kevin’s practice—Essential Wellbeing for comprehensive health, Rest & Restoration to foster rejuvenation, Aches & Pains for relief from discomfort, and Liniments for body care that enhances both physical and emotional wellbeing.

Available in four versatile forms—swift-absorbing tinctures, targeted balms, discreet gummies, and moisturizers—we ensure a suitable choice for every lifestyle and wellness routine.

Our Ingredients.

We carefully select our organically grown ingredients, emphasizing sustainability to protect Earth's biodiversity. 

We believe in transparency in all our processes, from ingredient selection to the methods used by our CBD farmers, who lead the sustainable agriculture charge and concentrate on ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration.

We're not just about products but about nurturing an understanding of traditional herbal practices and helping people make healthy decisions. 

With respect, we introduce newcomers to the benefits of age old herbal wisdom. 

Our aim is a future where well-being stems from nature, combining timeless knowledge with today's research.

Discover the distinctive characteristics of each herb in our Ingredient Index.